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Denmark’s Thomsen out to gain place in national team

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Published: 25 June 2009
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CHRISTIAN Lind Thomsen may be an answer to Denmark’s search for new stars if his determination is anything to go by.

While most of the Danish players have opted out of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold championships, the unheralded 24-year-old has made his way to Johor Baru to prove a point.

Thomsen wants to show that he deserves a place in the national team. He has failed in his last few attempts to make the grade.

Thomsen, who trains under badminton legend Morten Frost at Aarhus, showed promise yesterday, beating Malaysian veteran Mohd Roslin Hashim 21-18, 21-14 in the first round. In the second round, he lost to Andre Kurniawan Tedjono of Indonesia 18-21, 19-21.

“I am trying other ways to prove myself. That is why I am here in Malaysia. The win over Roslin was good for me even though he was not at his best,” said the sixth ranked Da­nish shuttler.

 

Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open: Daren vows to impress again

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Published: 25 June 2009
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LIEW Daren's playing career has stagnated after the near perfect performance in the Proton Malaysia Open in January.

Daren turned in a powerful performance then where he defeated several world class players including Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana before bowing out to Denmark's World No 2 Peter Gade Christensen in the quarter-finals.


However, a right heel injury suffered in the Proton Malaysia Open, has prevented the national elite back-up shuttler from progressing any further. His early round defeats in the German Open (Feb), India Open (April) and Asian Championships (April) resulted in national singles coach Rashid Sidek's decision to ground him for two months.


Rashid's move paid off as extra training helped Daren regain his touch in last month's Pahang Open where he beat Hafiz Hashim before losing in the quarter-finals to Chong Wei Feng.

 

Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open: Easy for Chong Wei but Hafiz bows out (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 June 2009
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WORLD No 1 Lee Chong Wei enjoyed two good warm-up matches to advance to the third round on a day when former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat, India's Chetan Anand and teammate Hafiz Hashim were shown the door in the Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix at the Johor Baru City Council Indoor Stadium yesterday. Lee Chong Wei beat Singapore’s Derek Wong 21-12, 21-11 and later beat Lim Fang Yang 21-9, 21-14 to qualify for the third round.

Chong Wei, fresh from winning the Indonesia Open title, opened his campaign with an easy 21-12, 21-11 win over Singapore's Derek Wong and later, disposed teammate Lim Fang Yang 21-9, 21-14 in 26 minutes to qualify for the third round.



The 27-year-old looked solid and confident, brushing aside concern over his physical condition after two back-to-back tournaments in Singapore and Indonesia.



"It was tough playing two matches in a day after two back-to-back tournaments (Singapore and Indonesia Opens). Though, I did not push myself hard, I won easily today (yesterday). I'm happy with my performance and fitness," said Chong Wei, who complained of back pains after his matches yesterday.



"I like winning in Malaysia and I will play hard to ensure I win the title, whether or not the back pain troubles me."


Chong Wei, however, will need to be cautious when he faces China's Zhou Wenlong in the third round. The Malaysian has a developed habit of losing to China players of late and this encounter is expected to be tough for him.



Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, who won the recent National Junior Grand Finals title, earned his biggest career win when the Muar-born player upset World No 15 Chetan Anand of India 21-16, 18-21, 21-17 in 49 minutes in the first round.



However, Iskandar blew it in the second round when he was beaten 21-13, 24-22 by India's Ajay Jayaram.



Hafiz, meanwhile, showed more signs that it is time for him to quit the national team when he went down 21-16, 18-21, 21-14 to unknown Hu Yun of Hong Kong.

 

Malaysian Open: Chong Wei Safely Through

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Published: 24 June 2009
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JOHOR BAHARU, June 24(Bernama)-- Datuk Lee Chong Wei is safely through to the last sixteen of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix without having to raise a sweat.

The tournament's No 1 seed took care of teamate Lim Fang Yang 21-9,21-14 in their second round match at the Indoor stadium here Wednesday night to book his ticket into the last 16 where he will play China's Zhou Wenlong Thursday.

Chong Wei, the man the crowd had come to watch, will now be overwhelming favourite to lift the title after the exit of the No 2 seed, Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat in the opening round, losing to China's former world junior champion, Chen Long in three games in their opening round clash.

"I know I had two easy games today but even then I am still very much focussed on my games. I want to put up a good show here and not let the fans down.

 

Saina in Malaysian Open second round

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Published: 24 June 2009
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JOHOR BAHRU: Fresh from her Indonesian Open Super Series win, Saina Nehwal stormed into the pre-quarterfinals of Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold ba
dminton tournament with a straight-game victory over Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand on Wednesday.

Second seed Saina needed less than half an hour to send Buranaprasertsuk packing with a 21-18 22-20 victory in her opening round match to set up a clash with another Thai Ratchanok Intanon in the round of 16.

The world number eight Indian rode on her better net play and powerful smashes to pocket the first game after going neck and neck at 14-all at one point of time.

In the next game, the Hyderabadi opened up a lead of 8-3 but her Thai rival reeled off three quick points to close the gap at 9-7 and draw level at 12-12 before surging ahead at 20-19. The Indian, however, shoved down three straight points to seal the match.

Arvind Bhat and Ajay Jayaram also advanced into the men's pre-quarterfinals though it was curtains for compatriots Chetan Anand, Anup Sridhar, P Kashyap, Anand Pawar in men's singles and Aditi Mutatkar in the women's singles.

 

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